Repeat DUI convictions come with stiffer penalties in Tennessee

On Behalf of | Oct 20, 2021 | Drunk Driving |

Driving under influence (DUI) is a very serious offense no matter where you are, and the severity of the punishment following a conviction tends to increase depending on the number of previous convictions. Like in other states, a first DUI offense is treated differently from the subsequent ones. 

In Tennessee, an individual is considered a repeat offender if they are convicted for driving under the influence more than once within 10 years. 

Penalties for a second DUI conviction in Tennessee

As already indicated, you will be subjected to harsher penalties under the state’s laws if you are found guilty of subsequent DUI offenses. These include:

  • Between 45 days and 11 months and 29 days of prison time
  • A revocation of the driver’s license for up to 2 years with the option of getting a restricted license
  • A mandatory fine amounting to between $600 to $3,500
  • Mandatory drug and alcohol therapy lessons
  • An installation of an ignition interlock device on the vehicle at the convict’s cost
  • Seizure or forfeiture of the motor vehicle
  • Restitution for anyone who suffered property damage or personal injury if the convict caused an accident while intoxicated

Penalties for a third DUI conviction in Tennessee

  • Between 120 days and 11 months, 29 days of prison time 
  • Revocation of the driver’s license for up to 6 years with the option of obtaining a restricted license
  • A mandatory fine between $1,100 and $10,000
  • Administrative and legal costs
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device on the vehicle at the convict’s cost
  • Vehicle forfeiture or seizure
  • Restitution for any financial loss or personal injury 
  • Loss of motor vehicle insurance with the option of purchasing the high-risk SR-22 insurance

A subsequent DUI conviction is very serious and can result in costly penalties. If you are facing a second or third DUI charge, it is important that get adequate representation to help you navigate the uncertainty that comes with the complex Tennessee criminal justice system. 

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